About My Workbasket

To sum it up My Workbasket is about crafting, tradition, the tradition of crafting, and the crafting of traditions. It’s about making a tablecloth like your Great Grandma or filling your vintage candy jar with butterscotch. It’s about learning to Tat like Aunt Ellen, and putting out mixed nuts at Christmas like Uncle Fred. It’s household tips, vintage fun, thrift store finds, and lots of crafts.

About Me:

10 Facts:

  1. Born in 1983, probably should have been ’63
  2. True lover of the 70’s color avocado green
  3. Cannot pass a mirror without making funny faces and before recording any video does a take with weird faces and odd movies lines.
  4. Does not care about “beauty” at all, doesn’t even own mascara or a lipgloss
  5. Loves tacos and sushi
  6. Possibly a little TO Goofy and thinks humor is the answer to everything
  7. Loves cast iron and wooden spoons
  8. Known to frequent various thrift stores
  9. Loves Books. Quite likely will die in an avalanche of antique and vintage books and magazines
  10. Truly loves to see other people happy, and to inspire them to be comfortable in their own skin

About Me AND This Site

I am a crafty person, I have been my whole life. I have been a poor broke crafter in the middle of nowhere, nothing but a Walmart 15 minutes away. I have been a middle-class crafter in the suburbs with multiple craft stores within 3 miles. I grew up around crafty people.  I love to make things, but mostly I craft because I have to. I truly get downright dingy and awful feeling if I don’t. I’ve been crafting since probably diapers. I change crafts a lot because I get bored and most likely have some pretty bad ADHD. I am not a “slow crafter” to me it isn’t about the purpose behind making, it is about making something so I don’t go crazy.

Besides the constant making of stuff, I also homeschool my son and am very actively involved with the local homeschool community. I admin a state facebook group for it, run a small group focused on social activities and fun events, and facilitate at a special school for homeschoolers. Sometimes it makes my life a bit to busy to craft.

I’m a Homemaker/Family Manager. I’d rather craft than clean so while I make stuff for home by no means am I a good homemaker. Behind that homemade (or thrift store) afghan is 6 months of clutter waiting to be sorted. I’m happily married to a man who mostly deals with my countless UFOs (UnFinished Objects) and the crafty clutter. Maybe it’s just because I make a mean dinner, or maybe because we’ve been together so long he just doesn’t know what to do without me.

My goal at My Workbasket is to encourage people to make things, learn crafty skills, embrace memories and create them, in a realistic way. Creating memories doesn’t have to be hard, expensive, or stressful, like so many people seem to think nowadays. Memories can be as simple as always using the same old candy jar at Christmas. Always making a cake when it snows (I make troll cake, which I have talked about here in my Troll Cake Hat Post.) A lot of people want to talk about finding balance, “scruffy entertaining” and the like, but not many people actually live it and embrace it.  I want to encourage people to embrace life and all it’s imperfections and realize memories usually happen most when it isn’t perfect!

So gather up your memories of Grandma’s old tablecloth, your Aunt knitting by the fire, your friend always having a puzzle going on a side table, and learning to sew with your cousin and let’s make some traditions!

If you’d like to contact me then I’d like to hear from you! Drop me an email at Alicia@myworkbasket.com